List of urban rail systems in Thailand

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List of urban rail systems in Thailand lists urban rail transit systems in Thailand. As of 2018, Bangkok is the only Thai city which has operational urban rail systems.

Urban rail system by city[edit]

Bangkok[edit]

Bangkok is, as of 2018, served by three rapid transit rail systems: the Bangkok Mass Transit System, commonly called the BTS Skytrain, the underground Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT), and the elevated Airport Rail Link (ARL). Although proposals for the development of rapid transit in Bangkok had been made since 1975,[1] leading to plans for the failed Lavalin Skytrain, it was only in 1999 that the BTS finally began operation.

Chiang Mai[edit]

Chiang Mai Municipality has one existing monorail system, Chiang Mai Zoo Monorail, used for excursions within the zoo. Plans for an electric rail system have been discussed for years. In 2018, the plans seem to have gained traction. The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) announced that the bidding process for a tram network in Chiang Mai could begin in 2020.[2] The 35 km tramway, both above and below ground, is estimated to cost 86 billion baht. It is projected that the first of three lines could break ground in 2021, and the system could be operational by roughly 2027.[2]

Hat Yai and Songkhla[edit]

Hat Yai monorail is a planned 12.54 kilometer-long elevated monorail consisted of 12 stations. As of 2016, the line is being studied by a university and the government. The design of the stations has been completed. The project will cost approximately 15,799 million baht to construct.[3] It is hoped that construction will begin in 2019.

State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has a plan to build commuter rail linking Hat Yai and Songkhla by reusing a defunct railway line that closed in 1978.[4] As of 2015, there has been no progress.

Khon Kaen[edit]

In Khon Kaen, there is a plan to build a Light Rail with several lines. In 2016, a 26 kilometer-long light rail line was proposed. The light rail line, which is to be funded by local government and businesses instead of the central government, hopes to begin construction in 2019.[5]

Nakhon Ratchasima[edit]

Nakhon Ratchasima Municipality has a plan to build five elevated bus rapid transit (or Skybus) lines with the name Korat Rapid Transit.[6] As of 2018, there has been no progress. Later, there is a plan to build a tramway system of several lines.[7] The project will be modelled on the Sydney tramway network.[7]

Nonthaburi and Pak Kret[edit]

Nonthaburi and Pak Kret will be served by three MRT lines: MRT Purple Line, MRT Brown Line, and MRT Pink Line. These lines are the part of M-Map.

Nonthaburi Civic Center Station will be the central metro station of Nonthaburi Province.

Pattaya[edit]

Pattaya City had a plan to build a monorail line consisting of ten stations. As of 2018, there has been no progress.[8]

Phitsanulok[edit]

In Phitsanulok, there is a plan to build a tramway system with has several lines. The project will be modelled on the Sydney tramway network.[7]

Phuket Island[edit]

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) announced in 2018 that bidding to construct a 60 kilometre-long, 23 station tram network in Phuket will commence in 2020. The 39 billion baht tram is part of the government's Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) plan which ensures it will be fast-tracked. The planned route stretches from Takua Thung District in Phang Nga Province to Chalong in Phuket. Phase one will connect Phuket International Airport with Chalong, about 40 kilometres. It will take three years to complete.[9] The project will be modelled on the Sydney tramway network.[7]

Rangsit[edit]

Rangsit Municipality will be served by SRT Dark Red Line which is the part of SRT Red Lines commuter rail. In the future, the line will be extended north to Thammasat University. The city will be also served by three BRT lines.

Samut Prakan[edit]

Samut Prakan Municipality will be served by the Sukhumvit Line, part of the BTS Skytrain. The full extension from Bearing to Kheha will open in December 2018.

Samut Sakhon[edit]

Samut Sakhon municipality will be served by the SRT Dark Red Line, part of the SRT Red Lines commuter rail. In the future, the line will link Bangkok and Maha Chai in Samut Sakhon.

Udon Thani[edit]

Udon Thani had a plan to build a monorail line with several lines.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rujopakarn, Wiroj (October 2003). "Bangkok transport system development: what went wrong?". Journal of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies. 5: 3302–15. 
  2. ^ a b Jotikasthira, Om (29 July 2018). "Cranking up the train plan". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 29 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "เปิดโฉมโมโนเรลหาดใหญ่ งบ1.5หมื่นล้าน-'สถานีเกลียวคลื่นเลอค่า". Daily News (in Thai). Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  4. ^ สนข.คืนชีพ “รถไฟหาดใหญ่-สงขลา” เชื่อมขนส่งเชื่อม 2 นคร และแก้จราจรคับคั่ง
  5. ^ Thailand., BECi Corporation Ltd. "ขอนแก่น-เตรียมสร้างรถไฟฟ้ารางเบา คาดปี 63 ได้ใช้ ข่าวในประเทศ -". Krobkruakao.com. Archived from the original on 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  6. ^ ระบบขนส่งมวลชลโคราช มูลค่า 4 พันล้านบาท
  7. ^ a b c d สนข.เล็งผุดรถราง “โคราช-พิษณุโลก-ภูเก็ต” เชื่อมรถไฟความเร็วสูงแก้จราจรเขตเมือง
  8. ^ อดีตนายกเมืองพัทยาแจงโครงการรถไฟฟ้ายังไม่มีการอนุมัติสัญญา
  9. ^ "Bidding date set for 2020 for Phuket's new tram network". Bangkok Post. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018. 

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